Lauren Moffatt

Of Hybrids and Strings, 2021

VR experience for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

In Of Hybrids and Strings we enter a moonlit forest, surrounded by incongruent plant species and strange creatures and faced with a benevolent stranger who reproduces our every movement. Soon, threads weave around us, connecting organisms to one another and to ourselves. We become interwoven with the environment. Slowly, a wave of strange geometries sweeps across the scaffold of threads, transforming the landscape. We become entangled in its decelerating rhythm, and finally we become suspended in it. The game environment in Of Hybrids and Strings is driven by data collected or streamed from real ecosystems: the different events and other aspects such as colours, duration and deceleration rate in the virtual environment are selected based on data relating to factors such as birdsong, light spectrum, humidity and temperatures observed in real biological environments. In this way, in Of Hybrids and Strings it is possible to experience an environment piloted by the non-human, a place where we are affected by our surroundings, rather than the other way around.

 

Lead Developer: Anastasia Semenoff

VFX: Bunnybreaker

Sound: Antoine Bertin and Constantin Dubois Choulik

 

No fixed duration, average 5 minutes, Roomscale

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lauren Moffatt is an Australian artist working with immersive environments and experimental narrative practices. Her works, often presented in hybrid and iterative forms, explore the paradoxical subjectivity of connected bodies and the indistinct boundaries between digital and organic life. In 2021 she was awarded the DKB VR Art Prize (DE). Lauren completed her studies in painting, in theory and practice of new media art and in audiovisual creation at the College of Fine Arts (AU), Université Paris VIII (FR), and at Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains (FR) respectively. Lauren's works have been exhibited most recently at Les Rencontres d’Arles (FR) Haus am Lützowplatz (DE), Le Grand Palais Ephémère (FR), La Gaïté Lyrique (FR), SXSW (US), UNSW Galleries (AU), Daegu Art Museum (KOR), SAVVY Contemporary (DE), FACT Liverpool (UK), ZKM (DE), Q21 Freiraum (AT) and at Hartware MedienkunstVerein (DE). She lives and works in Berlin and Valencia.

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